Foolish Things Confound The Wise – 1 Corinthians 1

heart puzzle - Foolish Things Confound The Wise - 1 Corinthians 1Oh, the irony of it all.

When you think about Christ coming to earth, you may wonder why He chose to come as a baby. You may wonder about His choice of a small town called Bethlehem out in the middle of nowhere. You might be thinking it would have been much more “effective” if He would have chosen to come to earth riding a white horse with legions of angelic hosts in tow – declaring His power to all the nations.

But, that’s not what He’s after. Sure, He has the power to force us all to love and respect Him. He created us and everything there is to see. He controls weather patterns, sun flares, techtonic activity and the paths of asteroids. He has the ability to blink and get our attention in a variety of ways.

But that’s not what He’s after. What is He after then?

Look in John 4:23:

23 But the time is coming and is already here when true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for anyone who will worship him that way.

So, what does this have to do with 1 Corinthians? Well, perhaps I vered off the path, but as I considered the first chapter of Corinthians, it dawned on me how unlikely God’s ways are. Lincoln Brewster has a song that I love called “More Like You.” Take a look at some of the song lyrics:

My ways are not Your ways
My thoughts are not Your thoughts
As the Heavens are higher than the Earth
Search me and know my heart
I give myself to You
For the Heavens are higher than the Earth

The apostle Paul knew this very well. He knew the world was confused as to why God chose to do things the way He did. He knew they were amazed at the message these early Christians were bringing. Paul knew he had to stick to the power of the cross and not get distracted. People wanted to focus on the miracles and the gifts, but Paul remained steadfast:

17 For Christ didn’t send me to baptize, but to preach the Good News and not with clever speeches and high-sounding ideas, for fear that the cross of Christ would lose its power. 18 I know very well how foolish the message of the cross sounds to those who are on the road to destruction. But we who are being saved recognize this message as the very power of God.

Much like today, people wanted their ears tickled. They didn’t want to hear about the cross.

24 But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the mighty power of God and the wonderful wisdom of God. 25 This “foolish” plan of God is far wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is far stronger than the greatest of human strength. 26 Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes, or powerful, or wealthy when God called you. 27 Instead, God deliberately chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose those who are powerless to shame those who are powerful. 28 God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important, 29 so that no one can ever boast in the presence of God.

God is looking for those that choose to love Him no matter what the circumstance. He wants a personal relationship with those who are not persuaded by miracles and signs and wonders, but drawn by God’s love and desire to fellowship. God uses the simple things that completely throw off those in the world, but confirm in the hearts of those who believe in Him of His love for us. 

Don’t you love it? As an insider, this makes me giggle. I love the ways of God. I don’t understand them most of the time, but I love Him and trust Him completely – with my entire life. So, reading this makes me smile.

 It’s going to be a good day.


  1. #1 by Olu Adesayo on August 11, 2009 - 3:45 pm

    I am blessed.God bless you.

  2. #2 by Jackie on November 22, 2009 - 9:32 am

    Wow!!!! The Lord gave me a word for my leaders that just simply puzzled me. I guess I thought it was foolish to receive a word that the Lord could have very well given to them himself and so I’ve been uneasy about it since I gave it. But, Glory to God, ready this has somewhat been a soothing balm:) God is awesome and he is very much in control of it all!!!!!!

  3. #3 by Kenneth Emeh on March 29, 2010 - 4:55 am


  4. #4 by Shanta on May 1, 2010 - 11:44 am

    God is awesome He used a donkey and give it speech to
    let His message be heard.Bless God’s Work through you.


  5. #5 by efe on June 22, 2010 - 4:47 am


  6. #6 by Japhet K. Banda on November 3, 2010 - 12:08 am

    A few days ago, the Lord gave me 1Corinthians to exalt our church that meets every morning for prayer in Kitwe Zambia.
    Having read this commentary, I am so blessed not only about the confirmation but the depth of revelation about this chapter.
    Shalom n God bless

  7. #7 by marvin on December 14, 2010 - 10:34 pm

    inspirational,deep stay strong in the LORD and in the POWER OF HIS MIGHT!

  8. #8 by udeala nduka joseph on April 15, 2011 - 12:21 pm

    This portion of the bible reduces man’s pride and brings him submissively to God. The race is not to the swift. The write up richly blessed my life.

  9. #9 by Adekola on November 21, 2011 - 6:34 pm

    I’m blessed and may God increase you unto His fulness

  10. #10 by Adekola on November 21, 2011 - 6:35 pm

    God bless you

  11. #11 by Adekola on November 21, 2011 - 6:36 pm

    God bless your ministry

  12. #12 by Apostle Clement Ofuonye on May 25, 2012 - 3:51 am

    God Almighty will continue to enrich you with more wisdom, knowledge and understanding, also with long life He satisfy all of you that are involved in this project of winning souls to the kingdom, God bless and shalom. Apostle Clement – Global Church of the Living God – Nigeria, looking for those with an Apostolic mission to partner with, for this end time mission of the Master.

  13. #13 by Jeffrey Morales on June 7, 2012 - 11:38 pm

    I am so there, we we’re just told our generation owes the younger generation an apology. I said what does this have to do with ministry? So this is the excuse younger generation has for not coming to God it’s because of us? The problem with the younger generation is the same problem it has been forever since the day of man and is we want miracles and we want to see more before we are convinced. What ever happened to just falling in love with God? I was once his enemy and now He’s my friend. The foolish things? I am that but in Christ so much more.


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